I have a '96 buick LeSabre with less than 40k miles. I hope I'm able to
explain my problem clearly.
I have two keys. One of them, when I start the car in the morning it
shuts down and after about 3 minutes the lights go on and it will start
and seems to start the rest of the day. The other key seems to work all
Second problem (they started at the same time) Start the car, it shuts
down like the battery is dead but then starts right up. But the radio
has gone off and the clock resets to one o'clock. This has happened
three times radomly.
I took it to a local mechanic and he said he thought it was a security
problem and I would have to take it tothe dealer. Well that's scary but
I made an appointment at the closest dealer which is an hour from where
I live. I told them the problem and without even looking at it they
said it was the ignition lock cylinder and they would have to order the
On my way toward home I saw another dealer and stopped there. They said
it would cost me $60 to diagnose it. I was on my way out the door
(should have kept going) but stopped in the parts department to find
out how much an ignition lock cylinder and 2 keys cost. The parts man
told me they sold lots of these as it was a common problem with my car.
He went and talked to a mechanic about it and he said the same thing.
However the service guy said that this was true but they wouldn't
guarantee it unless I paid the $60. At least Three people at this point
said it was a 90-95% chance this was the problem. So,because we're
having some health issues and I need a dependable car, I opted to go
Today I tried to start it and everything went dead like the battery was
dead. After letting it sit hoping it would reset itself I read
something in the manual about trying to start it in another gear and I
was able to put it in neutral and it started. (Yes the clock reset
itself to one o'clock and the radio went dead, no dash lights only a
beap when I turned the key to start it while in park.0
Please, does anyone know what this may be and what I should do about
the sleazy dealer that won't even call me back.